New season new party dress, but with the rails a flood with LBDs, LLDs, bodycons, bandeaus and asymmetric pieces (to name but a few), how do you pick a number that is not only on trend, and within your budget but also screams the ‘this is me’ factor.

LBDs are a classic, and this is probably the one dress that will never fail to impress, making it ideal for those of you who want to keep your look simple and sophisticated this season. Invest in a traditional smock or shift shape for a timeless buy – you can always reinvent it every time you wear it with different accessories, hosiery and shoes. What’s more LBDs come in all shapes and sizes today varying from mesh cut out panels, pleats/ ruffles, lace and Grecian designs (a great way to mix trends too) so you are guaranteed to find one which will tickle your fancy and add a twist to your wardrobe.

Red is also a huge trend this year, and has been for the last couple of seasons – a party dress in a vibrant pillar box, scarlett or cherry red will most definitely stand you out from the crowd. Again you can mix and match trends with different lengths and cuts just like the LBD, and if you fancy adding some texture to your look play with fabrics such as velvet which is always festive, or leather which has been huge this year.

However my favourite party trend this season has to be embellishment, whether it be a sprinkling of sequins or an all out beaded number. This is again a trend that can work for any dress or personality – the conservative or the brave, and will instantly add some Christmas sparkle and va va voom to any outfit. It is also a great trend for those of us on a budget – just pop down to your local haberdashery store for some Gok Wan inspired DIY.

My top picks to suit any budget:


Osman Yousefzada one-shouldered dress, available at Browns Fashion

Versus velvet dress with leather straps, also available at Browns Fashion

Under £200:

Iconic heavy beaded dress, Kate Moss at TOPSHOP

Limited edition red bow twist dress at TOPSHOP

Under £100:

Sequin wave dress by Rare at TOPSHOP

ASOS strap detail ponti bodycon dress

Just add your favourite heels, makeup staples and accessories for the perfect after-dark dressing combo!


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